Freebies and Timeshare Tours
December 10, 2013
Let’s be honest! We have all done it! Offer us a free breakfast or a complimentary gift and our bargain hunter psychological framework takes over. And that is just the way timeshare free gifts work. We all want something for nothing, and a freebie is always welcome. Timeshare promoters or OPCs will have a whole bag of things to offer you from discounts to restaurant vouchers; all you have to do is give up a couple of hours of your time.
Is the gift really free?
In actual fact, the answer to that question is relative. You are for all intents and purposes giving up time on your vacation to take a tour of a hotel or resort, no matter how amazing it is. So, in effect, your gift is payment for your time. In the case of legitimate timeshare tours and presentations, the gift is therefore free from any monetary cost and should be seen as a thank you for your time. However, there are cases of gift scams to be wary of where tourists end up paying for their gift in some way such as delivery, taxes, registration or to enter a “prize draw.”
Kinds of Genuine Gifts
The best way to gauge if you are heading into a scam or a hard sell is to consider the free gift in terms of profit margin. If the gift is so over the top you cannot imagine how the company can afford to give it away to everyone that attends a presentation, then the red lights should start to flash. Usually, reputable companies will offer discounts on tours and activities or give dinner vouchers to attract visitors, especially if the timeshare units are at luxury resorts worth visiting just for the sake of it.
How Long is the Presentation and Tour?
That will really depend on the resort, your guide and you. If you have lots of questions, then the presentation could last a lot longer, but most tours last only a few hours and won’t take up much more than a morning or afternoon. The time you are at the resort will also depend on whether you have been offered a free breakfast or lunch.
TIME SHARE SCAMS
Non-Taxable Timeshare Gifts
December 9, 2013
When you go to a time share presentation you will probably have been offered some kind of gift, discount or incentive to attend. Most time share companies give away bottles of wine, spa certificates, rounds of golf and the like or may provide free excursions, complimentary meals, day passes etc. These types of time share gifts are not taxable as most are considered a courtesy or comp. If you are told that you have to pay a tax on these at the airport, you are probably being scammed in some way.
Some time share developers may offer cash incentives and this can cause a little concern as in effect, the prize is an income of sorts. However, most reputable companies will offer discounts or monetary incentives that are redeemable against the purchase of something, so as to avoid any grey areas.
Should I Go to a Timeshare Presentation in Puerto Vallarta?
November 13, 2013
Everything in life is about choice, and you are at liberty to attend a timeshare presentation in Puerto Vallarta if you qualify. If you are at all interested in vacation ownership in Puerto Vallarta it is a very good idea to go to a timeshare even if you are not 100% ready to purchase something. It will give you the basis of what to expect from owning a timeshare in Mexico. However, beware that you are very likely to fall in love with the properties you see, so make sure you attend a timeshare presentation in Puerto Vallarta at a resort that you like.
Timeshare presentations in Puerto Vallarta are pretty harmless and the reputable companies avoid the hard sell tactics in favor of allowing the property itself to wow you into submission. There are also so many wonderful resorts in Puerto Vallarta to choose from, it may be hard to decide who to opt for. The best advice would be to select a resort from a developer who has a long history in Mexican timeshare. Avoid international chains as they are not likely to have the same expertise with building in Mexico. Often the timeshare companies who specialize in Mexico have the best prices as they are able to minimize costs.
The other thing to consider if you are deciding whether to attend a timeshare presentation is whether or not you have received any kind of incentive to attend, like a free gift, discounts on tours or even discounted accommodation. Remember, you will only receive those discounts if you attend the full presentation. This is especially important when having accepted a discounted vacation as you will be charged the full price if you do not go to the presentation.